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Olympic Torch Relay: Norwich road closure details

PUBLISHED: 08:10 04 July 2012 | UPDATED: 08:20 04 July 2012

Road users are being warned of traffic delays when the Olympic Torch arrives in the city this (Wednesday) afternoon.

The historic flame is due to arrive in Norwich at the Boundary, Aylsham Road, at about 5.55pm and will make its ways towards the city centre to arrive at Chapelfield Gardens at about 6.45pm where the cauldron will be lit.

Some 35,000 people are expected to turn out in Norwich to watch the relay and take part in activities in the city centre.

People are being advised to either attend the celebration site, Chapelfield Gardens, or pick a spot on the route to watch the torch go by - they will not be able to do both.

Some roads in Norwich will be in place from 4pm and there will be a rolling road closure from Aylsham Road to Duke Street from 5.40pm to 6.25pm. These roads will be opened as soon as it is safe to do so.

There will be a road closure in place from Duke Street to Exchange Street from 6pm to 7pm.

St Peters Street and Gentleman’s Walk will be closed from 4pm until at least 11pm and Theatre Street will be closed from 4pm to 8.30pm.

Meanwhile, Chantry car park will be closed from 4pm to 8.30pm and there will be restricted access to and from the Forum car park between 4pm to 8.30pm.

Extra park and ride services will be provided for the event. Thickthorn, Harford, Airport and Sprowston will be open until 8.30pm and extra park and ride services will run until 11pm to Thickthorn.

Helen Selleck, cultural and events manager for Norwich City Council, said: “The message is for people to please be aware there will be road closures and to expect delays from 5.30pm. Road closures will start from 4pm in the city centre.”

On Thursday, the torch will be lit on the battlements of Norwich Castle at 6.45am before it is run to Norwich Cathedral, rowed across the river and leaves the city via Kett’s Hill.

There will be rolling road closures in place and motorists are being advised that there will be disruption to St Williams Way, Kett’s Hill and Riverside Road between 7am and 7.45am.

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